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Mighty Banana: The Amazing True Story of the United Fruit Compan...
by Frederick Upham Adams

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English

Pages

152

Publication Date

August 19, 2017

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<b>“The United Fruit Company's political and economic achievement is a commanding achievement that needs to be studied and Mr. Adams has given us some very interesting material.” - Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science</b><br /><br />In 1914, the famous author and reformer Frederick Upham Adams published "The Conquest of the Tropics," a lengthy 400-page book on "the story of the creative enterprises conducted by the United fruit company." It is from this lengthy book that chapters on the banana industry have been excerpted and republished here for the convenience of the interested reader. (Lengthy topics such as Central American healthcare, the Cuban sugar industry, and country histories have been omitted here with the goal of preserving a focus on the banana industry.)<br /><br />Adams' writings on the United Fruit company were well-received at the time of publication:<br /><br />“Absorbing, ... the story is one of decided interest, ... a genuine storehouse of information.” - Bulletin of the Pan American Union<br /><br />“Interesting and informing ...” -Boston Transcript <br /><br />Contrary to the writings of muck-raking self-appointed "historians." who typically seek out the evils of big business and disregard for “income reasons” the great constructive work which they have accomplished, Adams has taken a different tact in his writings on the United Fruit Company. <br /><br />Adams details how the banana industry, in order to secure its own existence, carried the message of civilization and sanitation into the swamps and jungles. It made livable an inhabitable portion of the globe. This alone would entitle those who have accomplished it to the commendation of the world, but greater things have been done. An entirely new article of food had been brought to temperate North America by the enterprise of the United Fruit Company. <br /><br />From the humble begining of Andrew W. Preston and his associates, who invested $20,000 to promote the banana business in 1885, the United Fruit Company, importing 24975,640 bunches of bananas a year, has gradually grown. The conquest of the tropics was not alone a commercial enterprise, all of the tropical pests breeding malaria and yellow fever had to be vanquished.<br /><br />Prior to 1885, the year the Boston Fruit Company was organized, bananas were little known in the United States. They were regarded as a luxury and were sold for any fantastic price dealers could command. The transportation of the fruit was a perilous undertaking as bananas are exceedingly perishable, and ship owners who attempted their transportation were gambling at long odds. The crop was uncertain and hurricanes and floods frequently destroyed the yield of an entire district. <br /><br />Adams writes: <br /><br />"The normal death-rate of a typical Central American seaport, in the years prior to the advent of the banana industry, was not less than 150 annually out of a population of 1,000 ! This is fully ten times what it is now. It was almost sure death for an unacclimated foreigner to remain a week in these unsanitary surroundings. The wealthy citizen of Costa Rica or Guatemala who wished to go to London, Paris, or New York on business or pleasure approached the Pacific port from which he was to sail in fear and trembling, and thousands who longed to make such trips could not be induced to take the risk."<br /><br />Adams' whole work is replete with illustrations of the advantages of production and distribution that big producers enjoy over the small producer, and how the small producer is benefited by contact with large enterprises. The book is a travelogue and romance as well as an industrial history.<br /><br />Frederick Upham Adams (1859 – 1921) was an American inventor, writer, editor, and political organizer. He was the author of "President John Smith"; "The Majority Rule League of the U.S."; The Kidnapped Millionaires"; "John Henry Smith"; and "The Bottom of the Well."
Remote Sensing of Soils
by Dwivedi Ravi Shankar

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English

Pages

500

Publication Date

September 18, 2017

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<p>This book  is about  applications of remote sensing techniques in the studies on soils. In pursuance of the objective,  the book  initially  provides  an introduction to various elements and concepts of remote sensing, and associated technologies , namely Geographic Information System (GIS), Global Positioning System (GPS) in chapter-1. An overview of the sensors used to collect  remote sensing data and important  Earth observation missions  is provided in chapter-2. The processing of satellite digital  data  (geometric and radiometric corrections, feature reduction, digital data fusion, image enhancements and analysis) is dealt with in Chapter-3. In the chapter to follow the interpretation of remote sensing data , very important and crucial step in d</p>eriving information on natural resources including soils resources,  is  discussed.  An introduction to soils as a natural body with respect to their  formation, physical and chemical properties used  during inventory of soils, and  soil classification is given in Chapter-5.The spectral response patterns of soils including hyperspectral characteristics -fundamental to deriving information on soils from spectral measurements, and the techniques of soil resources mapping  are discussed in chapter-6 and  -7,respectively. Furthermore, the creation of   digital soil  resources database  and  the development of soil information systems, a very important aspect of storage and dissemination of digital soil data to the end users are discussed in ch.apter-8. Lastly,  the applications of remote sensing techniques in soil moisture estimation and soil fertility evaluation are covered in chapter-9 and -10, respectively.<p></p> <p></p>
Blackwell's Five-Minute Veterinary Consult: Ruminant
by Wiley-Blackwell

Language

English

Pages

1008

Publication Date

August 16, 2017

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<p><b><i>Blackwell's Five-Minute Veterinary Consult: Ruminant, Second Edition </i></b>keeps practitioners completely current with the latest in disease management for ruminants and camelids.</p> <ul> <li>Updates the first all-in-one ruminant resource designed specifically for quick information retrieval</li> <li>Provides identically formatted topics for easy searching by alphabetical listing or by discipline, with each topic indicating the species affected</li> <li>Offers fast access to the accumulated wisdom of hundreds of veterinary experts</li> <li>Adds more than 100 new topics, with significant revisions to existing topics</li> <li>Includes access to a companion website with additional topics, client education handouts, and figures</li> </ul> <p> </p>
Polyphenol Oxidases (PPOs) in Plants
by Aravind Jukanti

Language

English

Pages

131

Publication Date

August 18, 2017

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<p>This book is first of its kind exclusively dedicated to plant polyphenol oxidases (PPOs), highlighting their importance in the food processing industry. By reviewing the scientific developments of the past several decades,  it  offers a comprehensive overview of various aspects of plant PPOs, including chemistry, structure, functions, regulation, genetics/genomics and molecular aspects. PPOs  are copper-containing proteins found in several plant species that catalyze the hydroxylation of <i>o</i>-monophenols to <i>o</i>-diphenols and oxidation of the <i>o</i>-dihydroxyphenols to <i>o</i>-quinones. Further, the quonines undergo self-polymerization or react with amines/thiol groups to produce brown/dark coloration of products. All the PPOs contain two Cu-binding sites (CuA and CuB) as their central domain, these interact with phenolic substrates and molecular oxygen. Several of the plant PPOs contain an N-terminal transit peptide (~80-100 amino acids</p>) necessary for plastid import. The PPOs occur in latent form that are activated by various treatments including acid and base shock, exposure to detergents or  proteolytic degradation. The pH optimum of PPOs varies widely depending upon different plant species but is usually ~4.0 – 8.0. Similarly, the optimum temperature also varies as per the source and substrate involved ranging from 30 to 45 °C.<p></p><p>Multiple PPO isoforms have been reported in several plant species, and the chromosomal location of PPOs has also been studied in some species. The physiological role (s) of PPOs is not entirely understood, but they could be involved in defense-related functions in plants. From an applied perspective, PPOs are implicated in enzymatic browning/darkening of cereal products, vegetables and fruits. Interestingly, browning is preferred in some instances like the processing of black tea, cocoa, and coffee as it enhances their quality by forming flavorful products. There have b</p>een initiatives to specifically breed and develop cultivars with reasonably low PPO levels in the mature grain or fruit. Further, several types of inhibitors that reduce the PPO activity have also been identified.<p></p><p> </p><p>Despite their commercial/economic importance and the availability of literature on different aspects of PPOs in different plant species, this is the first book to provide basic information regarding PPOs. It is a valuable resource for researchers involved in quality-related research specifically in crops, vegetables and fruits. Further, as PPOs are also implicated in defense- or stress-related functions, the book is also useful to breeders, pathologists, molecular biologists, physiologists and entomologists.</p>
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
by Jared Diamond

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English

Pages

528

Publication Date

March 07, 2017

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<p>"Fascinating.... Lays a foundation for understanding human history."—Bill Gates</p><br />In this "artful, informative, and delightful" (William H. McNeill, <em>New York Review of Books</em>) book, Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Societies that had had a head start in food production advanced beyond the hunter-gatherer stage, and then developed religion --as well as nasty germs and potent weapons of war --and adventured on sea and land to conquer and decimate preliterate cultures. A major advance in our understanding of human societies, <em>Guns, Germs, and Steel</em> chronicles the way that the modern world came to be and stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science, the Rhone-Poulenc Prize, and the Commonwealth club of California's Gold Medal.
Fiery Ferments: 70 Stimulating Recipes for Hot Sauces, Spicy Chut...
by , Christopher Shockey

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English

Pages

273

Publication Date

May 30, 2017

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<DIV>The authors of the best-selling <I>Fermented Vegetables</I> are back, and this time they’ve brought the heat with them. Whet your appetite with more than 60 recipes for hot sauces, mustards, pickles, chutneys, relishes, and kimchis from around the globe. Chiles take the spotlight, with recipes such as Thai Pepper Mint Cilantro Paste, Aleppo Za’atar Pomegranate Sauce, and Mango Plantain Habañero Ferment, but other traditional spices like horseradish, ginger, and peppercorns also make cameo appearances. Dozens of additional recipes for breakfast foods, snacks, entrées, and beverages highlight the many uses for hot ferments. </DIV>
Eating Animals
by Jonathan Safran Foer

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English

Pages

353

Publication Date

October 14, 2009

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<b>Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his life oscillating between enthusiastic carnivore and occasional vegetarian. Once he started a family, the moral dimensions of food became increasingly important.</b><br>Faced with the prospect of being unable to explain why we eat some animals and not others, Foer set out to explore the origins of many eating traditions and the fictions involved with creating them. Traveling to the darkest corners of our dining habits, Foer raises the unspoken question behind every fish we eat, every chicken we fry, and every burger we grill.<br>Part memoir and part investigative report, <i>Eating Animals</i> is a book that, in the words of the <i>Los Angeles Times</i>, places Jonathan Safran Foer "at the table with our greatest philosophers." <br>
How to Start a Flower Farm: the complete step-by-step guide
by Sarah Funk

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English

Pages

110

Publication Date

August 10, 2017

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<b>How to Start a Flower Farm: the COMPLETE STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE</b><div><b></b><div><b></b></div><div><i><br />You won't find this information anywhere else.</i></div><div><i></i></div><div><i></i></div><div><br /><i>"</i>Where do I even begin?"</div><div></div><div></div><div><br />Well, let me tell you, you start with selling. </div><div></div><div></div><div><br />All of the other resources out there for farmers are all about growing. What to grow, how to grow it, and on and on. There is so much quality content about growing but what about selling? </div><div></div><div><b></b></div><div><b><br />YOU CAN'T SUCCEED IF YOU DON'T SELL</b></div><div><b></b></div><div></div><div><br />That's why <i>How to Start a Flower Farm </i>starts with the WHY behind your farm and WHO you're selling to.</div><div></div><div></div><div><br />How do you do this? By taking the time to think about your flower farm business strategy as much as you do your growing strategy.  </div><div><i></i></div><div><i><br />How to Start a Flower Farm </i>covers all things growing too: what to grow, where to grow it, what supplies you need, etc. </div><div><b></b></div><div><b></b></div><div><b><br />But it's real purpose is to help you farm successfully. </b></div><div></div><div></div><div><br />In <i>How to Start a Flower Farm, </i>you will;</div><div></div><div></div><div><br />- learn what to grow and how to grow it </div><div></div><div></div><div><br />- decide where to sell your flowers (using strategy!)</div><div></div><div><br />- learn exactly how to define your purpose and how to share that purpose with your customers</div><div></div><div><b></b></div><div><b><br />So that you can create a farm that works for you. </b></div><div></div> </div>
Advances in Sheep Welfare (Woodhead Publishing Series in Food Sci...
by Woodhead Publishing

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English

Pages

318

Publication Date

August 15, 2017

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<p><i>Advances in Sheep Welfare</i> examines the recent advances made in sheep welfare assessment, handling and management, providing state-of-the-art coverage of the welfare needs of one of the world’s most widely farmed animals.</p> <p>The book begins with an introduction to sheep welfare in Part One, with chapters covering biology and natural behavior, sheep production systems, and consumer and societal expectations for sheep products. Part Two goes on to highlight new advances in sheep welfare assessment, before Part Three outlines a wide range of solutions to sheep welfare challenges. The final section looks ahead to the future, considering what sheep welfare will look like in 2030 and beyond.</p> <p>This book is an essential part of the wider ranging series <i>Advances in Farm Animal Welfare</i>, with coverage of cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry. </p> <p>With its expert editors and international team of contributors, <i>Advances in Sheep Welfare</i> is a key reference tool for welfare research scientists and students, veterinarians involved in welfare assessment, and indeed anyone with a professional interest in the welfare of sheep.</p><ul><li>Brings together top researchers in the field to provide a comprehensive overview of recent advances in the understanding of sheep welfare and management</li><li>Presents part of a wider series, <i>Advances in Agricultural Animal Welfare</i>, which provides comprehensive coverage of animal welfare of the world’s major farmed animals</li><li>Highlights current advances and looks ahead to how sheep welfare management will develop in the next ten to fifteen years</li></ul>
How To Brew: Everything You Need to Know to Brew Great Beer Every...
by John J. Palmer

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English

Pages

600

Publication Date

May 23, 2017

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<span><span>Fully revised and expanded, How to Brew is the definitive guide to making quality beers at home. Whether you want simple, sure-fire instructions for making your first beer, or you’re a seasoned homebrewer working with all-grain batches, this book has something for you. Palmer adeptly covers the full range of brewing possibilities—accurately, clearly and simply. From ingredients and methods to recipes and equipment, this book is loaded with valuable information for any stage brewer.</span></span>

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